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ESSAYS

O F

Michael Seigneur Montaigne ,

Translated into ENGLISH.
The SEVENTH EDITION,.

With very considerable
AMENDMENTS and IMPROVEMENTS,

From the most accurate and elegant French Edition of

PETER C O S T E.

In THREE VOLUMES.
V O L. I.

LONDON:

'rinted for S. and E. Ballard, J. Clarke, D. Browne, C. Hitch
and L. Hawes, A. Millar, J. Pote, C. Bathurst, B. Barker,
T. Payne, T. Waller, W. Johnston, S. Crowdkr, T. Lonc-
Mam, P. Davey and B. Law, C.corbet, and P. Brindley.

M.DCC.LIX.

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PREFACE,

T O T* H E ,

Seventh Engliflj Edition of Montaigne* Essays.

THESE Essays were first done into English, in the Year 160?, by Mr. Florio *, but they were much better translated in the Reign of K. Charles II. by Charles Cotton, b'.sq; (famous for his witty Poetry on the (Venders of the Peak,) and George Savil Marquis of Hallifax, then Lord Privy Seal, and afterwards President of the Council, to v/hom that Translation was dedicated, honoured it with his special Approbation, by the following Letter to the Translator, at his House at Berisford, in Derby/hire.

S I R,

* I have too long delayed my Thanks to you for giving 'me such an obliging Evidence of your Remembrance:

* That alone would have been a welcome Present; but 'when joined with the Book in the World I am best en'tertained with, it raifeth a strong Desire in me to be bet'ter known, where I am sure to be so much pleased. I 'have 'till now, thought Wit could not be translated, and

* do still retain so much of that Opinion, that 1 believe it

* impossible, except by one whose Genius Cometh up to

* .that of the Author. You have the Original Strength of

A 2 « his

* This Gentleman, whose Ancestors were the TUrii of Sienna in Tuscany, was for some Time a Teacher at Magdalen College, in the University of Oxford; and, after Kiygjames the First came to the'Crown, was appointed Tutor to Prince H tiry, in the Italian and French Tongues; and compiled a Dictionary, Italian and English, which was first printed ac London, in i 597. Having lived to a good old Age, he died a: Fuihem, the Plague, in 1625.

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